I was visiting my sister a couple of weeks ago and I noticed her young son (about 1.5 yrs old…….OR 18 MONTHS for all you mothers out there!) and his obsession with technology – specifically mobile phones. He picked up my phone, soon figured out how to open it and proceeded to swipe through the pages of applications, pressing buttons and figuring out what would be the most fun thing to try.
With the addition of some toddler spit and a couple of chips to the screen, I eventually regained ownership of the phone. It wasn’t long before he had located another victim and after about 20 seconds I heard the phone make some ridiculous noises and an application had begun. I thought he may have accidentally opened the application. How wrong I was! That tiny human knew EXACTLY what he was doing. He knew where the application was, what the related application picture looked like and how to use the application. No one had ever shown him how!
This pushes them to look at every option and that combined with their fearlessness is absolutely unreal.
Children don’t let the fear of failing, the fear of breaking something, the fear of getting it wrong, hold them back.
How powerful is that?!
It made me realise that it is (most of the time) what holds me back from trying knew things. It is rather suffocating isn’t it…..fear has a lot to answer for. I certainly do not have some amazing cure for reducing fear in different situations, but I do think that being aware of it makes for an interesting experiment when you’re going through everyday activities. Just by noting what I am fearful of has resulted in immediate growth to my personal development.
I noticed that this week Inc. Magazine put out an article about why entrepreneurs do what they do and what is the difference between the ones that succeed and the ones that do not and they also brought this topic up…… They’re not afraid of failing. They are curious.
Watch this – it is interesting………..
I tend to hold myself back from achieving great things because of the fear of ‘getting it wrong’, of ‘failing’. But really – what is failing? does getting things ‘wrong’ really mean that it is the end of the world?. . . .Apparently not. But why does this thought paralyze so many of us? Is this an age, generational or personality related issue?
I have started to address things that I am fearful of especially when I am doing work/business related tasks, ask myself ‘why am I fearful?’ and ‘what is the worst that could happen?’……………all of a sudden it makes me realise that things aren’t supposed to move in one direction all of the time- they can go in all directions, and that is O.K.
Food for thought.